2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Black Panthers and Umkhonto we Sizwe
Clinton P. Mohs
Dr. Elaine McDuff, Faculty Mentor

While Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Black Panther Political Party both stressed the unity of Africans and the destruction of unjust systems put in place by white imperialism, they differed in their means of achieving their goals and overall success. Umkhonto we Sizwe stressed guerilla warfare with the overall goal of restructuring the South African government, which was overall a success, when Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress won the election in 1994. The Black Panther Party, while maintaining a threatening, militant appearance, they stressed the importance of social welfare programs to better the living conditions within their communities and a separation from the American nation. However, they were unsuccessful in their goals due to a lack of funds and a large division amongst its members pertaining to the strategy of the party.

Keywords: Umkhonto we Sizwe, South Africa, Apartheid, Black Panthers, Nelson Mandela

Topic(s):African Studies
African-American Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 56-7
Location: MG 1090
Time: 3:15

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